Cardiovascular disease(CVD) is prevalent among people with diabetes. Many people with type 2 diabetes will eventually develop cardiovascular disease. People with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely than others to develop cardiovascular disease. Because this risk is so high, cardiovascular disease remains the most common cause of death; over 40-50 % of all diabetes deaths are due to cardiac diseases or stroke. It is more striking that younger people with diabetes have an increased risk of death due to CVD.

It appears that Indians are more susceptible to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In Indians, cardiovascular disease occurs prematurely, i.e., one to two decades earlier than in the West. Compared with people without diabetes, Indians with diabetes have twice the mortality due to cardiovascular disease.

Dr Deepa G